Lack of sleep with a new born? Here are some tips to get you back to feeling rested!
Having a newborn baby in the house is an exciting time! However, it can also be a time of many sleepless nights for parents.
This is something that affects not only first-time mums, but those who have already birthed older children. The good news is it won’t last forever. Below are some tips to help getting you back to feeling rested:
- Be prepared, plan for a change in your sleep pattern after the birth of your baby
- Be sure to make your own sleep a priority as well as that of your baby
- If you can, minimize the amount of responsibilities that you have for the first 3-4 months
- Try and fit in naps when your baby is sleeping, don’t use this time getting overwhelmed trying to catch up on chores etc.
- If you do have tasks that need to be completed, try and organize a space near where your baby is sleeping
- Let others help you! You will likely find that there are many people who are biting at the bit to help you settle in to your new routine
- It can be stressful when your baby cries but try and keep calm, built up anxiety will affect you when it’s time to sleep
- Don’t get bogged down in others opinions around what’s best for baby when it comes to sleep.
- Let others help you when it comes to feeding the baby, if breastfeeding have some expressed milk set aside to let others share your load
If you think your sleep issues are related to other general sleep problems speak with your local GP and they will be able to help you with strategies to improve your general sleep patterns.
For more information regarding sleep hygiene head to www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au